One of the best pieces of advice we’ve received for decorating a new space is — hang your artwork first. This can really help guide the flow, look and feel of your new home. So many people put off the process of hanging up art and photos in their new home. Whether it’s from a lack of knowledge on how to hang items or just a general uncertainty of where those special pieces belong, it’s best to do this as soon as you move in.
In this post, we’re providing tips on how to hang photos and artwork on your walls. There are many ways to do this with success, which is why we’ve also provided a video for quick and easy reference to help you get started.
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Tip 1: Drilling the Perfect Hole
Grab a piece of painters or masking tape (something that won’t stick to the wall) and stick it across where the holes need to go to hang the frame. Next, put a pencil mark on the areas where you need to drill a hole. Then, take the tape off the frame and stick it to the wall.
Now you can easily make sure that the lines are straight and easily adjust where you want to hang the frame. Finally, drill the anchor screws into your walls and remove the tape. Then you can hang the frame! Easy.
Tip 2: Don’t Rely on Your Eyes
If you’re hanging one or 10 frames, never let your eyes be the judge of straightness or symmetry. Always use a level and if you’re hanging multiple frames on your wall, you can create a template. Cut out pieces of scrap paper that are the same size as your frames and tape those to your wall first. Ensure you like the design before drilling holes in the wall.
Tip 3: Your Hardware Matters
Sure, you could just get cheap nails and call it a day, but you’ll have much better results that will last when you rely on anchor screws for your frames. That’s because a single nail drilled into wall surfaces including drywall and plaster do not provide much strength. Head to a local hardware store and check out the labels for anchor screws to get the ones that are appropriate for your wall material and weight of your frame or artwork.
Tip 4: Prevent Dust
One of our favorite tips for hanging items on the walls is so simple. Use a sticky note to collect the dust that will be sure to fall when you start drilling into your walls. Add a simple, folded Post-It underneath your marked hole to collect most of the dust made from your pilot hole.
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